The Navaira family musical legacy continues as the second generation makes their names known. In addition to the success of the debut album, La Preferida, from Destiny Navaira, niece of the late Tejano legend, Emilio Navaira, and daughter of his younger brother, Raulito, Emilio’s sons will promote an album next month on a national stage.
The Last Bandoleros, whose members include Emilio IV and Diego Navaira, announced via social media Friday that they will appear July 15 on ABC’s “Good Morning America” telecast.
The quartet, rounded out by fellow San Antonio native Jerry Fuentes and New Yorker Derek James, are currently promoting their album, Live From Texas, released April 17, and which features performances from a live concert at John T. Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas.
The Last Bandoleros lively sound combines Tex-Mex, rock and pop influences, and the first release from Live From Texas is a remake of the Texas Tornadoes’ hit, “Hey Baby, Que Pasó.” The rest of the album’s songs are written or co-written by the band members.
The Last Bandoleros — Hey Baby Que Pasó (Live)
On the group’s Facebook page, the band members speak, in a segment called, “Behind the Song,” about the Tex-Mex anthem and first single off of their new album, Live From Texas. Emilio and Diego specifically talk about their famous Dad’s influence regarding the song.
“I started playing it with my Dad when I was a teenager playing with him,” Emilio said.
Diego added, “Back in his heyday, which was the 90s, he would do this song, ‘Hey Baby, Que Pasó,’ every once in a while in his set.”
Emilio continues, “In our version, there are incorrect lyrics, but they’re not completely incorrect. Me and my brother are just singing it the way that our dad and Raulito used to do it, which is they made up their own words. And I kind of like their version, so it’s a little tribute to them, too.”
Diego adds that the song brings back fond memories of his father: “When we do it live now, it reminds me of being a kid or being on stage with him, so I love doing the song live.”
More to come on Warner Music Nashville artists, The Last Bandoleros, their latest album, Live From Texas, and the group’s national appearance on “Good Morning America.”
In the meantime, check out The Last Bandolero’s weekly Facebook Live show at 7:30 CT every Wednesday called “Around a Neon Cactus.”
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